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Life Membership

posted by San Jose Scottish Rite

Effective July 1 the Price of Life Memberships will be going up, so if you would like to get one at the reduced rate now is the time.  Listed below is the Current Cost and the new Cost in July.

 Age         Current New

Under 49 $1995 $2541

50 - 54 $1805 $2299

55 -  59 $1615 $2057

60 -  65 $1330 $1694

Over 65 $1045 $1331

Night of Instruction & Agape Dinner

posted by San Jose Scottish Rite

The Personal Representative

and

 The Venerable Master

of the

Valley of San Jose

Invite all

Scottish Rite Freemasons
and other Brother Masons to

A Night of Scottish Rite Instruction and Festive Agape

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
at
The Scottish Rite Center

2455 Masonic Drive San Jose, California

 

   Illustrious Brother Daniel Doornbos, 33°

Will Favor Us with a Talk on

“Masonic Service in Unusual Places”

Schedule of Events

6:30PM – 7:00 PM – Social Time

                      7:00PM – 7:30PM – Talk by Ill Doornbos

                        7:30PM – Festive Agape/Dinner

                                      Cost $25.00           

 

Requested dress is white tie & tails, tux or dark suit & tie with SR Cap

Reservations are required

Please call the SJ Scottish Rite @ 408-978-7483 to make your reservations

Reservations not canceled before July 13, 2019 must be honored

 

Stated Meeting Dinner (June 11, 2019)

posted by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu

Tuesday

June 11, 2019

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by June 7th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Traditional Summer BBQ

Mixed Green Salad
Fresh Rolls

Dessert

 

Stated Meeting Dinner (May 14, 2019)

posted May 7, 2019, 7:25 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu

Tuesday

May 14, 2019

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,  by May 10th )


Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers

Smoked Center Cut Pork Loin

Scalloped Potatoes

Corn

Mixed Green Salad
Fresh Rolls

Dessert

 

Stated Meeting Dinner (April 9, 2019)

posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:59 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by April 5th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers

Sliced Ham in Raisin Sauce

Scalloped Potatoes

Corn

Caesar Salad
Fresh Rolls

Dessert

 

From the Chairman of the A/V Committee

posted Mar 4, 2019, 7:57 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Brothers,

I have been tasked to be the Chairman of the Valley of San Jose’s Audio-Visual Committee. The goal of this Committee is to establish and provide a group of Masons that would be technically proficient in the Audio-Visual systems of the San Jose Scottish Rite building, so that they can run them properly, to properly maintain our Audio-Visual equipment and to make recommendations when needed for improvements to the equipment.

Recently, the Valley of San Jose hired a sound system professional to come in and fix and upgrade our auditorium’s sound system. One of these upgrades included the purchase of a new Soundboard (pictured above) that will enable us to better serve the Valley of San Jose’s needs. With the purchase and installation of this soundboard, this Professional has offered to come at a later date, but before the start of our next reunion (Starts May 31st) to teach a class on how to properly use this soundboard, as well as our full Sound System and related equipment. If you have ever had a desire to learn how to properly use a soundboard or want to learn how we are going use our system if you already know how to use a soundboard. This is your chance!!

 

Please let me know, my email is toonej@gmail.com.

While this sound system will be primarily used during our Scottish Rite meetings and other Masonic events. There is a possibility that this system be rented by renters. If it is rented, they will also be hiring at least one member of this committee to run this system. Yes, that means that if we are hired, then the committee members working that event will be Paid by the hour for their work! The reason for this, is that this sound system will now ONLY be used by those that are approved by the Valley of San Jose as well as properly trained to use our Audio-Visual systems. Seeing as these other events will not be tiled events, it has been decided that we will open membership in this committee (subject to the Valley of San Jose approval) to masons who are not Scottish Rite Masons. If any of you know of any Brother that isn’t a Scottish Rite mason, and you think would fit in with this committee. Please have them get in contact with me. Thanks

Jeff Toone Valley AV Chairman

 

Stated Meeting Dinner - March 12, 2019

posted Mar 4, 2019, 7:55 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu

Tuesday

March 12 2019

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by March 8th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers

Corn Beef

Red Potatoes

Braised Cabbage with Baby Carrots

Caesar Salad
Fresh Rolls

Dessert

 

Join the Personal Representative in Philadelphia!

posted Feb 10, 2019, 5:04 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Deadline to sign up is February 28, 2019!

Stated Meeting Dinner - February 12, 2019

posted Feb 10, 2019, 4:54 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Menu

Tuesday

February 12 2019

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by February 8th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers

Tri Tip w/ Brown Gravy

Scalloped Potatoes

Mixed Vegetables

Caeser Salad
Fresh Rolls

Dessert

 

From the Personal Representative (January, 2019)

posted Jan 2, 2019, 2:47 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Happy New Years to all and welcome to 2019!

     As we close out another year, it is time to reflect on this past year’s accomplishments, and look forward to another Installation and a new corps of officers to take us through 2019.

     There were many highlights this past year and financially, we ended strong. The most prominent highlight was the addition of 25 new members who witnessed all 29 degrees this past summer in Oakland. For the first time in some 40 or 50 years, all 29 degrees were conferred on the same weekend. The 20 Valleys in California hosted the event and in total, 130 new Scottish Rite Masons were created. I am proud to say that San Jose Valley conferred the most degrees, had a huge contingent in working the stage, moving props and costumes and also manning the audio visual aspects of the Reunion. It was a huge success and we were a major part of that success.      

      On a sad note, our General Secretary, Hank Vlcek unfortunately had to resign as he and his family, moved to the Phoenix area. Brother Hank was a superb asset for our Valley and he will be sorely missed. Hank, “Job well done”, Thanks. Fortunately though, with every dark cloud, you can somehow find a silver lining. And to this we were fortunate that Bro. Gregg Hall stepped up and volunteered to take on the tasks at hand. After working with Hank for about a month, Gregg took over the reins, and has done an outstanding job in putting his own personal touches to the position. He has helped to modernize the office (and although we are a fraternity), he has brought a business background to the office that has made us more efficient as well as more cost effective. Along with these new duties, he continued as the Chairman of our Supreme Council program Called VMAP. It stands for Valley Membership Achievement Project, and exists to raise the level of the member experience and to promote Scottish Rite education. Once again, we completed all necessary facets of the program to be awarded a completion plaque for our efforts in 2018.

      Financially, although the market had a tough year, we were able to manage things around the office and finished the fiscal year in great shape. Both our Bodies and Foundation budgets ended in the black. We are not naïve to think that this will continue forever, but it has been a blessing this past year. Our new budgets for 2019 have been created and I feel comfortable in our plan. I am anxious to see what we can accomplish.      

       As I stated earlier, our Installation is just around the corner (Tuesday, Jan. 29th) and I congratulate all the officers who will be installed. Please attend and help support those who have taken on a leadership role in the Valley. It is our annual celebration of the new corps of officers and the time to celebrate the New Year. I want to also thank our outgoing Masters who did a marvelous job in 2018. Many thanks go to Brothers Randy Downey, Chuck Cowden, Brandon Duenas and Sean Patrick as well as ourChief Knight, Naresh Rampershad. All of your efforts were greatly appreciated and our successes are your successes.

       For 2019, many of our programs and events will continue. As we did this past year, we will again hold our Annual Grand Master recognition “Festive Board” where we will honor our Grand Master, MW Stu Wright, and his Lady Julie. This is always a great event and we look forward to this year’s celebration. Events to look forward to are our two “Nights of Instruction” banquets chaired by Bro. Chuck Cowden. Bro. Chuck will also chair our Military Recognition Night, which has become an annual and very enjoyable event. Bro. Richard Fisher is again chairing our Scholarship Committee, as we will honor another graduating senior on their way to college. Later this month, we will again honor the Masters of our lodges as they complete their term sitting in the East of their particular lodge. We exist only because our Craft Lodges are strong and we wish to honor the men who have held our lodges together. We will continue some traditional events like our Maundy Thursday Celebration, Sweethearts Night, as well as 25 year and 50 year membership celebrations. We again attend the Highland Games in Pleasanton. What an exciting day! But besides our traditional events, we are looking for many new ideas as well.  

        Our Foundation is still very strong, but we can always use a new contribution here or there to continue our work (and I will speak more about that in a few moments). Our clinic continues to do amazing things with our kids and I am very proud of what is being accomplished by our Clinicians. For the past couple of years we have also made sizable contributions to the Grand Master’s project, Raising a Reader, Masons 4 Mitts, recognition of our DeMolay leadership at their Annual Conclave, and we continued our Scholarship program. We were also pleased to be able to make a fifth installment contribution to the Supreme Council’s House of the Temple, refurbishment project (to date, we have been able to donate $125,000 of the $150,000 we pledged to the project). 

    I said just a few lines earlier that we can always use a few more contributions to aid us doing the good works we wish to accomplish. Although we currently handle about 65 kids a year in our language clinic, we still unfortunately have about 100 kids on the waiting list. The list is so long, that realistically, many of them will never get the treatment they deserve. We would like to do more, but we need more funds to make it happen. To that end, we are starting a “Building Fund Campaign” to raise dollars for our Foundation. Our current building was built in 1984, and at that time, a very successful Building Campaign was established and goals were met by the thousands of dollars raised through the generosity of our members (Many of you were a part of that successful campaign). This year’s campaign is essentially the same as the original campaign that was established some 30 plus years ago. There are 6 different levels of giving to choose from (please see details of those levels of giving in another section of the Rite Word). So why do we call it a building campaign? Today we, only use about 60 percent of our building. We want to complete the renovation of our downstairs auditorium which will allow us to rent our building much more than today for smaller and medium size events. We are also looking to convert our old print shop and photo shop to a professional conference room with all of the technological audio visual capabilities desired by businesses of today. Here again, the rental business has a huge potential which will allow us to raise more funds for our Foundation. We also want to create more social area for our members. In the basement, we want to create an area where we as members can play pool, cards, darts, etc., an area to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

      So, no matter what your financial capabilities are, I ask only, “Each to his own Ability”. Every dollar will be cherished, and every dollar will go a long way in helping more of our kids. This coming month, every member will receive a letter explaining the campaign as well as a pledge envelope for your convenience. You will be asked to:

First, choose a level of giving that is comfortable for you and your family.

Second, you will be asked to make a pledge of a dollar amount within that level of giving.

Third, you will have the choice to make either a one-time donation or choose to make recurring contributions over the next 1, 2 or 3 years (you can divide the payments up for ease of your own budgets).

    Please look for this letter, look within your hearts and hopefully you will decide what we are doing is important and that you wish to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor. Help us make this campaign as successful as it was in 1984. Our Grand Master’s theme this year is “Making a Difference”, and he continually reminds us that the difference is YOU!!    

      As in past years, I want to close this article with some thoughts on how we can best serve you. We only know we are doing ok, if we hear from you. Please give me your thoughts about where you see our Valley is heading, or what you would like to see done, regarding our Valley? What would excite you to return to an active role? Our Valley is here to support you, but I need to know your thoughts and desires. Please contact me when you think we are failing, but most importantly communicate. You are a valued member and we value your input. I want to thank our Executive Assistant, Angela for all she does for our Valley. She makes us all look good with what she does around the building. Please make sure you stop by the office and thank her for all her efforts. She is invaluable to me, and makes my job very easy. I want to also thank Ill Bud Ramsey for assisting me in the role as Assistant to the PR. His support is invaluable. 

       I look forward to seeing each of you over this coming year. Come on out and help make a difference! Happy New Year to all!

 

 

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